Some of the 10,000 National Guard troops arriving in Washington for security ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration will be armed, two federal officials said.
The decision, taken by Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, coincided with an FBI warning of armed protests planned in Washington ahead of the January 20 inauguration.
Officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, did not specify how many people would be armed, but noted that the guards who would be involved in guarding the Capitol building would have weapons.
The National Guard was allowed to send up to 15,000 troops to Washington.
Recall that the Washington Monument was closed to tourists until January 24.